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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Just-Wed' Rodman for NBA Divorce

DEERFIELD, Illinois -- His nose rings glinting in the camera lights, his purple hair peeking out below his cap and his barking German shepherd barking at his side, Dennis Rodman ripped Chicago Bulls management and said this season will be his last.


In other words, Rodman was in midseason form during the team's media day Thursday even though the defending National Basketball Association champions' training camp hadn't even started.


"I don't hate the people here, I just hate the business aspect of the game,'' said Rodman, who liked his own $9 million contract but was upset because he thinks coach Phil Jackson was treated unfairly. "For a guy to win four championships and then be treated like he's nobody, I'm not happy.''


With upcoming movie and television deals, the always outrageous Rodman said, "I don't need basketball any more.''


But the five-time NBA rebounding leader wants to help the Bulls get one more championship ring.


"We're going to repeat,'' Rodman said. "And when the season's over, I won't have to deal with it anymore.''


Of course, the Bulls have caught the Worm's act before, and they have learned not to take him too seriously.


"He has a bad taste in his mouth? What, his wedding cake didn't have enough sugar in it?'' asked Jackson, referring to Rodman's recent appearance in a bridal gown as a publicity stunt.


Jackson, who had to wait longer than he expected before receiving a one-year, $2.7 million contract, isn't worried about Rodman's mental state.


"Even when his life has been mired in some really impossible situation, the moment he steps onto the court he's been able to play basketball,'' Jackson said. "When he gets on the floor, he beats you every time.''


General manager Jerry Krause was similarly unconcerned.


"Whatever,'' he said when told about Rodman's rantings. "That's just Dennis early in the year. As long as Dennis plays hard, I don't care what he says. The truth is that Phil's not upset about his contract and that nobody got jerked around.''


Aside from Rodman's grand entrance and statements, the day before the beginning of practice was routine.


Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen talked about how the Bulls can't realistically expect to equal last season's NBA-record 72 victories. Pippen, Ron Harper and Luc Longley talked about their condition following offseason surgery. Pippen, who had minor surgery on a left ankle that bothered him the second half of last season, admitted that taking time off this summer probably would have been more beneficial physically than playing in the Olympics.


"But I'll be OK,'' he said. "I feel good.''


Longley, the starting center, pronounced himself "100 percent and good to go,'' and Harper made a similar comment. Toni Kukoc said that the thumb he fractured during the Olympics was fine but that his ankle was sore.